Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ar: Apple, pineapple, and stone fruit - some subtle grapefruit rind.
Ap: Straw gold, crystal clear - medium off white head with poor retention, light film of foam with a ring of lacing.
T: Toasted malt, fair amount of diacetyl - medium-low bitterness, some grapefruit - sort of soapy - finish is apple and butterscotch.
P: Medium body, slick - medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Can’t really get into this beer - a bit too much diacetyl for my taste.
artmcd8 (1998) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is just a beer. I don't know what else to say. There is nothing bold about this. Very blah beer.
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shhmoke (32) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bought because of the history. I can appreciate the beer for being revolutionary at its time, however in today’s market is is very average in every way for an apa.
degbert (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose is very light -- malic and a touch of citrus. Pours textbook ’beer’ colored -- lambent gold with a high, white, sticky head. There’s some hops on the front, and an almost savory note on the back -- unfortunately, it’s marred by an overtone I can only call ’soapy’. Finishes long and the soap sticks around. Did I get a bad bottle?
Dodgrblu (653) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, aroma is spiced grapes and some grass. Nice effervescence and some mild grape notes. Not very good.
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robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a semi-clear straw with a thin white head, and no lacing.
smell is of grain, malt, and a touch of citrus.
taste is of grain, citrus, hay, and some malt in back.
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. Appearance is a transparent golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is a lot of pine and citrus, with some malty hints also. The taste is similar to the scent, but a bit grassier. Crisp carbonated feel, but there’s also a strange, oily after-feel to it. I’m not overly impressed.
Mittenator (1500) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost pure white head. Light yellowy brown in color. Grassy and malty. Nice to taste history.
DYCSoccer17 (3436) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Faint aroma with light metallic notes and light spice. Light honey sweetness. Meh. Transparent golden body with a small, quickly dissipating head. Starts sweet and quite malty. Pretty chewy body. Finishes with light herbal spicy hop flavors. Nice history lesson. It must have sucked being a beer drinker 30 years ago.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. clear gold body with a small head, quickly settling. sort of a raw steeped pale malt / wort smell with strong, off-putting apple juice sugar. the mouth feels coated by an oily film; the hop character is stale; the malt flabby. a fresh bottle, but pretty much lifeless, stripped by filtration. it’s defining character is apple juice. the grain husks and chalk are not defining characters since these attributes are found in nearly all Sam Adams products.